Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has said the team knows there’s still everything to play for in this year’s Championship battle despite Max Verstappen losing the lead in the standings in Hungary.
The Dutch ace’s Championship rival, Sir Lewis Hamilton, benefitted from Verstappen suffering a DNF in the British GP after colliding with the seven-time World Champion.
And in the following race in Hungary, Verstappen’s race was significantly compromised as a result of a Valtteri Bottas-induced first corner multi-car crash.
Sergio Perez was also caught up in the same incident, with the damage his car sustained forcing him to retire from the race.
Hamilton currently has an eight-point lead over Verstappen in the Drivers’ Championship, while Red Bull trail Mercedes by 12 points in the Constructors’ Standings.
Commenting on the damage Red Bull have picked up in the last two grand prix and what implications it could have due to F1’s recently introduced budget cap, Horner said: “It’s certainly not going to help.
“We’ve a shedload of accident damage, and potentially two engines that we’ve lost due to the result of actions of other drivers.
“So very frustrating but you know what, we’re within the points difference of a first and second place as we go into the summer break.
“We’ve had some huge bad luck the last couple of races. It’s been pretty brutal in damage, parts and engines, but we’ll brush ourselves down and we’ll come out fighting for the second half of this championship,” he added.
Continuing, the Red Bull team boss stressed that this Championship fight is far from over, and they will have plenty of opportunities to retake the lead once Formula 1 returns from its summer shutdown later this month.
“Obviously, it’s been a tough couple of weeks but things can turn around very quickly as you’ve seen. There’s a long way to go in this Championship,” Horner said.